Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson party ahead of LIV Golf event

Dustin Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretzky stepped out in Manhattan on Wednesday night ahead of LIV Golf’s weekend event in New Jersey.

The longtime couple, who tied the knot earlier this year, were pictured inside Gotham Hall for LIV Golf’s welcome party, where they watched a performance by Nelly and mingled with d other attendees, including former President Donald Trump.

For Wednesday’s party, Gretzky – the 33-year-old daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky – opted for a black cut-out mini dress which she paired with strappy sandals, while Johnson, 38, wore a navy sports coat over a white buttonhole. with black pants and sneakers.

Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky arrive at the LIV Golf Welcome Party in New York City on July 27, 2022.
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The newlyweds were photographed inside Gotham Hall on July 27, 2022.
The newlyweds were photographed inside Gotham Hall.
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Former President Donald Trump (second from right) speaks with Dustin Johnson at the LIV Golf welcome party on July 27, 2022.
Former President Donald Trump (second from right) speaks with Dustin Johnson at the LIV Golf welcome party.
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The newlyweds were joined by Johnson’s brother, caddie Austin Johnson, and his wife, Samantha Maddox, who took a cozy photo in front of the march and rehearsed. Elsewhere, Pat Perez and his wife, Ashley, spent time with Brooks Koepka, who recently returned from his honeymoon in Greece with his wife Jena Sims.

Johnson is expected to play with Trump in a pro-am on Thursday at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the controversial Saudi-backed league is hosting its second event on American soil.

The 2020 Masters champion resigned from the PGA Tour earlier this summer and was reportedly given $125 million to join LIV. Johnson previously said those close to him considered the decision.

For Wednesday's event, Dustin Johnson opted for a dark suit and white sneakers while Paulina Gretzky wore a black cutout mini dress and strappy sandals.
For Wednesday’s event, Dustin Johnson opted for a dark suit and white sneakers while Paulina Gretzky wore a black cutout mini dress and strappy sandals.
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Austin Johnson, who caddys his brother Dustin Johnson, was also present at the LIV Golf welcome party, where he was joined by his wife Samantha Maddox.
Austin Johnson, who caddys his brother Dustin Johnson, was also present at the LIV Golf welcome party, where he was joined by his wife Samantha Maddox.
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(L to R) Pat Perez and his wife Ashley partied with Brooks Koepka at LIV Golf's welcome party on July 27, 2022.
(L to R) Pat Perez and his wife Ashley partied with Brooks Koepka at LIV Golf’s welcome party on July 27, 2022.
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“I’ve chosen what’s best for me and my family,” said Johnson, who shares sons Tatum, 7, and River, 5, with Gretzky.

Gretzky, who married Johnson in April after getting engaged in 2013, has supported the golfer on the road throughout the summer. She attended LIV Golf’s event in Portland earlier this month, when she was joined by siblings Trevor and Tristan Gretzky.

Much like the Portland outing, LIV’s Bedminster event was not without controversy. Family members and survivors of the September 11 attacks have protested the series, which is being funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

The first day of the tournament begins on Friday, with the winner set to receive $4 million out of a $25 million purse.

Joseph K. Bennett